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Report: Mets could shop infielder Justin Turner this spring

Feb 18, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

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ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin hears from a source that the Mets could shop utility infielder Justin Turner during spring training. A deal is far from a certainty, as the 28-year-old has an option remaining, but he could become expendable if the Mets prefer to carry Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla and need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Turner is a .254/.324/.354 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. He made starts at all four infield positions last season and is expected to get some reps in the outfield this spring.

Turner is still making the major league minimum, so he could be a useful bench piece somewhere, but it’s unlikely the Mets would be able to get much in return.

  1. thebadguyswon - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Not sure who would want this bum.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Many teams. Mets have been using him too much though in the starting line up. He would be a great bench player.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      don’t know why you calll him a bum unless being relentlesssly average makes him a bum. He is the standard for WAR – in other words, he is a generic replacement. TOtallly Average,

  2. dondada10 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Come on, badguys, Turner’s not a bad utility infielder. He’s the least of our problems.

  3. dukepatrol - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    The Mets never cease to amaze me. We need outfield help really bad. We are looking for answers at a number of positions. I have the answer!! let’s trade Justin Turner. Is This is the best we got? Must be a slow news day.

  4. sandwiches4ever - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Maybe they can trade him to Canada? Got to be better than Russell Martin…

  5. jwbiii - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    This is pretty simple. The Mets signed Marlon Byrd and several potentially useful relievers to minor league/NRI deals. Some of these are likely to make the team. Turner is near the bottom of the Mets’ 40 roster, so they will likely have to pass him through waivers to free a roster spot. Alderson wants more than the $25k waiver price, so he’s just saying, “If you call, I will listen.” Are there teams for which he be an upgrade for a backup/depth infielder? The first names that came to mind were Emmanuel Burriss (No, already outrighted, refused, and has an NRI with the Reds) and Jason Smith (Long gone), but surely some team might give them something of potential value in a trade.

  6. robinlipman - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM


    On a personal level and selfish level, he’s my FAVORITE current Met, and I would be devastated if he is traded, but also because he is a GREAT prospect for the Met’s future. He plays with all of his heart and soul and is a great team player giving his 110+ percent in all he does.
    In addition, his playful personality is contagious and he is a great moral booster for the team. If Justin was in the daily line-up he would definitely prove that he is a bright young star. The Met’s need to stick with him and give him a chance! Please don’t let Justin be another player that the Mets let slip away before he becomes a huge superstar!

    PLEASE METS…. I’ll always LOVE you through thick and thin (since 1962 when I was 1 year old)!!!!PLEASE KEEP JUSTIN TURNER!!!!

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